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Healthy Swellness: Brita giveaway!

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Who’s with me in that you struggle to hydrate well each day? I’m actually no longer convinced you need eight glasses of water daily (and if you’re ready to debate that with me, may I direct to this this New York Times article “No, You Do Not Have to Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day”  written by a researcher who points out that that number comes from a study that people/mediastarting touting as a source ages ago but everyone seems to have ignored a key point to the findings.

That said, I do think I could afford to hydrate more often with water and less often with other beverages (juice, cocktails, wine, coffee). And I, of course, think you need to hydrate adequately to keep your body functioning well.

One tool that helps me with drinking more water is my Brita. In the summer, a glass of cold, crisp water is such a relief on those humid, sticky days (especially when I get home from a run). And I appreciate that the Brita filters out impurities, which I think helps the water taste a bit purer and thus, makes me more likely to drink more of it.

Because I’m a Brita fan and because I’d like to help one of you hydrate better, and let’s all do our part in reducing the number of plastic water bottles ending up in landfills, I’ve got a fantastic Brita prize package to give away! The prize is valued at $100; here’s what it includes:

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Check out my Instagram post for this Brita giveaway and enter on Instagram (details are on the IG post).
  2. Get an additional entry by commenting on this blog post and sharing how you drink your Brita filtered water (Room temp? On ice? With a slice of lime? Cucumber?)

This giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. It is open to Canadian residents. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on my Instagram Stories.  The prize is awarded as is. I am operating this giveaway on my own and it is not associated with Instagram.

Here’s to happy hydrating!

20 Comments April 26, 2019

Fitness Swellness: Setting my 2019 race goals

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A better title for this post would be re-setting my 2019 race goals. Because I had spring 2019 goals, that I’ve had to adjust.

I kicked off the year thinking I’d run Around the Bay (I haven’t run it in several years, not since 2014) and the spring Goodlife Toronto Marathon (which I last ran in 2015). And so I ran regularly. Having trained for 12 marathons thus far, I didn’t look at a particular race schedule but rather worked on slowing increasing my distance and mixing in speed work or hills, along with some steady easy runs, and I was more or less on track in terms of total mileage more towards the beginning of the year.

But the winter weather wasn’t very motivating. Add the fact that I seem to continuing my streak of coming down with colds way too often. I also have a persistent pinched nerve in my neck that has me not feeling much like myself for the past five weeks. (I haven’t yet seen a physio yet; the plan was to go this week, and then I came down with a cold!).

I called off running Around the Bay when a couple of weeks ago, I was at the start of my long run of the week and realized my fitness is nowhere near where I’d need it to be to PB in the marathon in May. Since it was highly unlikely I’d run a PB, I didn’t see the point of training for a spring marathon. You have to really want to run a marathon, and with my heart not in it, well, the truth of it is, I know I can complete a marathon…so I don’t want to just finish another 42.2k race. It won’t be significant to me to just complete it or much fun.

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I knew calling off doing Around the Bay and a spring marathon was the right move when the idea solidified in my head to not race them and all I felt was a rush of relief. Not having to plod through long runs through the grey and (then) slushy streets. I felt a hundred times lighter by just deciding to delete them from my calendar.

But today I realized my secondary goal is now out of reach as well. I had thought I’d try to turn my fastest half-marathon. which I have not focused on since moving up to the marathon distance. But I’ve procrastinated (or been out of commission thanks to colds or my silly pinched nerve problem) too long and now the Goodlife race weekend is just four weeks away. I haven’t slashed this from my schedule yet. But if I run it, it’ll be to just run it for fun, because I have not focused on improving my speed so I am not in shape to PB. A half I think can be fun, for me, a marathon is too long and grueling to be fun, no matter how slow and easy you take it.

What this means now is that fall is the focus. Which means a summer of training in the heat. I think I commit to training best when I’ve got a race I am registered for (not just tentative race goals). The easiest would be to just keep it local and run the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (I last ran the half was in 2016)…but I’m thinking I should do a destination race.

One fitness goal that I did accomplish so far this year? Making it through all eight weeks of working out with Nike on Thursday mornings (I may have been late almost every week, but this non-morning person got her butt there!). With my scattered schedule for the past several years finally settling into a much less stressful routine, I’m really happy that I was able to attend all eight weeks of this program. It’s funny the things you come to appreciate. I still adore traveling and am itching to get away but it’s also incredibly comforting to be home and follow through on things like this.

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Photographer, Hanna Kim-Yoo for Nike Toronto.

2 Comments April 4, 2019

Healthy Swellness: Sodastream GIVEAWAY!

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I go through ups and downs when it comes to hydrating well. I drink plenty of water when I run, but am not so great about hydrating any other time (even when I’m doing “well” that just means a couple of glasses of water). But what I have found to really help me is to drink carbonated water. And while I’ve had a nutritionist tell me to drink plain water is better, for me, drinking any water is better than none and so if it being bubbly is what gets me to drink water, then that’s what it is!

I have a Sodastream and love the convenience of it. It’s helped me drink soft drinks less often (I have them only as a treat when I’m out and stopped stocking pop at home years ago). If you recall, I partnered with Sodastream a couple of years ago.

Besides helping me drink more water, I love the cocktails you can make with it, too, like this Raspberry Rosé Punch!

And continuing my giveaway bonanza, I’m giving away one Sodastream Fizzi One Touch! It’s valued at $179.99 and I hope it helps one lucky winner hydrate better!

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How to enter? Here you go:

Check out my Instagram post of the Sodastream giveaway and enter there (details are on the IG post). But you can get an additional entry by commenting on this blog post by sharing how much water you currently drink.

This giveaway ends at 5 p.m. EST on Sunday, March 10, 2019. It is open to Canadian residents. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on my Instagram Stories on Monday, March 11, 2019.  The prize is awarded as is.

Aaaand stay tuned for more giveaways!

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25 Comments March 1, 2019

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